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President Erdoğan visits symbolic Karabakh city

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 15 visited the symbolic town of Shusha recaptured by ally Azerbaijan during last year's war with Armenia over Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Turkey was a key backer of Azerbaijan during the conflict, which erupted in September and ended in a Russian-brokered ceasefire after six weeks of fighting and some 6,000 deaths.

Recent meeting with Turkish president was 'very good': Biden

U.S. President Joe Biden on June 15 told a reporter in Brussels that his meeting with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the previous day was "very good."

In Brussels for an EU-US Summit, Biden was welcomed by European Council head Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.

Turkey's budget balance posts $880 mln deficit in January-May

The Turkish central government registered a budget deficit of 7.5 billion Turkish liras (some $880 million) in January-May, the Treasury and Finance Ministry announced on June 15. 

The figure improved from a deficit of 90 billion Turkish liras (some $10.5 billion) in the same period last year.

Turkey no longer 'incapable' in foreign policy: Bahçeli

Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli on June 15 said that there is no longer a "bowing and incapable" Turkey in international relations.

Turkey does not "wait for somebody's words" while conducting its foreign affairs, Bahçeli said, speaking at the MHP's parliamentary group meeting.

TUI: New cancellations of tourist packages for Greece

Travel giant TUI continues to cancel tour packages scheduled until early July for destinations such as Greece, Italy and Spain, according to the Daily Mail, as the date for the inclusion of more countries in the "green list" has been postponed again .

Istanbul to host diaspora film festival in August

The call for entries for the Diaspora International Short Film Festival, scheduled from August 27-29 in Istanbul, Turkey, opened on June 14. 

Organized by the Bosphorus Culture and Arts Foundation, the festival aims to bring a new perspective to the culture and art life not only in Turkey but also in diaspora communities in different countries.

Turkey administers record daily number of COVID vaccine doses

Turkey administered over 842,000 coronavirus vaccine doses on June 14, according to the country's health minister.

Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that 842,494 vaccines were administered Monday, adding, "We have administered 92,494 more doses than our target."

Turkey’s first fashion boutique to be restored

Botter Han, one of the remarkable architectural structures located on Istanbul's Istiklal Street and the first example of the art nouveau movement in the city, will be restored in line with an initiative taken by local authorities.

Heavy rain causes flash floods in Istanbul

Sudden rainfall has disrupted life in Istanbul, flooding houses and shops and leaving vehicles stranded in traffic following the meteorology authority's warning for 22 provinces over unexpected weather conditions.

Precipitation hit the city's both European and Asian sides hard, while pedestrians sought shelter in bus stops and under shop awnings.

Authorities take concrete steps to save mucilage-covered Marmara Sea

In line with Turkey's comprehensive sea cleaning effort to clear up mucilage from the Marmara Sea, the Environment and Urbanization Ministry have temporarily closed a fertilizer factory in the northwestern province of Balıkesir's Bandırma district after footage showing the factory discharging untreated wastewater into the sea went viral on social media and triggered a public outcry.

Authorities issue warning for sudden summer rains

The Turkish State Meteorological Service has declared a yellow warning for 22 provinces, including Istanbul and Ankara, for heavy rains expected this week while calling on people to take precautions.

'Hidden chapel' in Sümela Monastery to be restored

In line with a project, a "hidden chapel" unearthed during the restoration of the Sümela Monastery, one of Turkey's religious tourism centers in the northern province of Trabzon, will be revived.